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A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye and can be addressed through a procedure that removes the affected lens and replaces it with a man-made lens known as an intraocular lens or IOL. Associated with improvements in vision, overall health, and cognitive and emotional well-being, cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure and is the most commonly performed surgery in the world. One of the oldest surgical procedures known, cataract surgery was first documented in the fifth century BC. This content is intended for Health Care Professionals in the United States.